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U.S. Taekwondo Athlete, Emilia Morrow, Receives Sanction For Doping Violation

Two athletes competing in taekwondoUSADA announced today that Emilia Morrow, of Rockville, Maryland, an athlete in the sport of Taekwondo, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and has accepted a suspension for her doping offense.

Morrow, 17, tested positive for the diuretics Hydrochlorothiazide and Chlorothiazide as a result of a urine sample collected February 14, 2010 at the U.S. Open held in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Diuretics are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the rules of the World Taekwondo Federation, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”)  and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.  Diuretics are listed as Specified Substances and use of those substances may result in a reduction of the otherwise standard two-year period of ineligibility.

Morrow accepted a six-month period of ineligibility which began on February 14, 2010, the day her sample was collected. As a result of the sanction, Morrow has also been disqualified from all competitive results achieved at and subsequent to the U.S. Open, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

In an effort to aid athletes, as well as all support team members such as parents and coaches, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on its website on the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and psychoactive drugs. In addition, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug Reference Online (www.GlobalDRO.com), conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, periodic newsletters, and protocol and policy reference documentation.

USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.

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